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I was stunned to see an original Millet (Jean-Francois Millet) painting right there at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The famous oil painting is called “The Sower” about 1850.  It was considered a radical work of art at the time depicting workers and everyday life.  Millet depicted the French peasant as a heroic figure.

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ISO 2000, F/4, 1/45 sec, 45 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/4, 1/45 sec, 45 mm Lens

Vincent van Gogh and many other artists were in awe of Millet and copied his figure in their work such as the Sower by van Gogh below: